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Dark n Stormy

A trademark that was originally established by Gosling Brothers in 1992, this Dark 'n Stormy recipe is essentially rum and ginger beer.

Officially, Gosling claims this recipe dates back from the mid-1850s, when sailors mixed Black Seal rum with a locally brewed ginger beer — although that seems unlikely as Gosling Black Seal rum wasn't branded as such until the 1860s. Gosling, nevertheless, has laid claim to it and has trademarked the recipe and the name. While this Dark 'n Stormy recipe is very good with Gosling Black Seal rum, any other rum turns it into a "safe harbour" or something similar for legal reasons, as Gosling has actually sued people over the name of the cocktail and the associated ingredients. For such a simple drink that's been around for more than a century, this naming battle seems a bit of a (dark) storm in a teacup.

Dark n Stormy


  • A highball glass
  • 1 double shot of Gosling Black Seal rum
  • Fever Tree ginger beer to top up
  • Ice
  • Lime to garnish

How to serve it

  • Pour the ice into the highball glass, and trickle the rum through it.
  • Top up with ginger beer, and stir gently.
  • Garnish with the lime.

Legally, there are no variations on this, unless you want to substitute the ginger beer. However, from a practical purpose, you could make similar-tasting drink with any other dark rum, and you could even substitute it with a spiced rum. A healthy slug of lime juice turns it into a rum buck, although many bars also call this a Dark 'n Stormy recipe, particularly in the United States.